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, live from newtown, connecticut. >> good morning. welcome to this special edition of "today" on a monday morning. i'm matt lauer. savannah guthrie is in newtown, connecticut. the president's remarks at that vigil last night were moving, powerful. they were spoken, of course, not only as the nation's leader but also, savannah, from a heartbroken parent's point of vi view. >> no question about that. there were loud, audible sobs as the president read through the names of those who had fallen. the president wrote these remarks himself and i can tell you it contained a more forceful call to action than even some close aides had expected. before that he met privately with first responders and families of victims. the daughter of sandy hook principal, dawn hochsprung, tweeted these pictures of the president holding her daughter, and said mom would be so proud but not as proud as i am of her. >> savannah, classes are set to resume wednesday for the students of sandy hook, but they'll be held at a school in a neighboring town for the foreseeable future as you might expect. the investigation into
to newtown and talk about the tragedy there. we'll talk to natalie in a few minutes, but also look at some of the gentle acts coming out of there, including some comfort dogs that have been brought in from chicago, just so kids and other people can pet them and feel a little bit better this week. >> we'll talk about the acts of kindness that people are doing as well just ahead in our take three. >> and speaking of take three, jenna bush hager will be joining us. she herself having been a teacher. we'll share some thoughts about that. and then we're going to take a turn toward the holidays. we've got three amazing gingerbread homes. these are more than homes. these are incredible structures. >> gingerbread mansions? >> some mansions. one is a cathedral. >> i've been nibbling at those all morning. is that wrong? >> i know. i wanted to speak to you about that. three finalists competing in our quest for the best competition. how will the cookie crumble? we'll find out. >>> also, if you still have christmas shopping, we have some must-have tech gifts for you from old school pacman, ghost lamp,
. of course, we'll get the latest from newtown, connecticut. natalie morales is there this morning where two more funerals for the victims of the shooting will be held today. we'll get to her, but we'll give you the latest developments. sandy hook elementary school remains closed today, but newtown's other schools are reopening this morning for the first time since the shooting. >> as for the investigation, police hoped adam lanza's computer would provide some clues about a motive, but they say it has been badly damaged and so far those efforts have been unsuccessful. we're also learning that lanza had been assigned a psychologist when he was a student at newtown high school. we'll have much more on all of these developments coming up. >>> we want to begin with the news we just received this morning. nbc's richard engel and his team were freed from captors in syria where they were held for five days. richard joins us now from turkey along with his photographer and producer. gentlemen, may i be the first to say it is so good to see your faces. richard, can you take us through and tell us what
, and it seems like the whole world in light of what happened, the terrible tragedy in newtown, connecticut. we're just -- hoda and i are going to just send our love to everybody here today and try to make a little bit of sense out of the senseless along the way. >> i think, you know, we've been hearing the news all weekend, and it's been so difficult to even be a bystander and listen, and i think the hard thing for all of us -- and i know even me at home -- when hurricane sandy hit, you could do something. you could send clothes, money. you could physically help them clean up. in this ca you want to do something, but you're peeking into this really tragic, sad world, and the only thing i think a lot of people and parents can do is hug their kids and pray for those families, and i think there's a weird sort of -- don't you feel like a helpless feeling? you want to do something, and there's nothing worse than standing watching someone who is in pain and not being able to lean in and help. >> anybody that was complaining about anything before this happened, it puts everything into perspective, do
a farm bill to the fiscal cliff legislation if a deal can be reached in time. >>> newtown, connecticut, police in neighboring communities filled in for newtown officers so they could all have the day off to spend christmas with their families. >>> school shootings, bad weather and threat of tax increases in january all helped to slow holiday shopping after a pretty fast start on black friday. mastercard advisers say before christmas, shopping increased seven-tenths of 1% from a year ago. retailers are hoping to make up for that today. >>> do you ever wonder how santa prepares for the weather? apparently he prepares by jumping into cold weather. how santa cools off after a grueling christmas eve of delivering presents. looks so refreshing and relaxing. that is the new. now back over to savannah, willie and maria. there you are. >> it's very refreshing, right? looks very refresh iing. cold air is in place and big snow heading up toward the ohio valley. that's the big weather story for today, along with that the chance for some very gusty winds, gusting to 40, 50 miles per hour. not out o
thing that has happened is that they sent ten comfort dogs into newtown. i don't know if we have some video that we can go to. these are all german shepherds. >> i think they came 800 miles. >> golden retrievers. >> golden retrievers, that's right. where from, hoda? >> illinois. >> they're starting this up in more and more states because it works. they just are so loving and they're a safe place for people. >> really cool. >> look at those faces. ah. >> we were saying one of the problems with this -- there are a million problems with what happened in sandy hook, but people want to help and do something. we kept saying we know how frustrating it is because you don't -- it's not like a hurricane where you can give clothes or money or help, pull out drywall or something, but people are starting to do this thing where they're doing an act of kindness, and there's a thing going on on twitter and -- >> paying it forward. >> people are paying it forward, and a woman said she was in line at starbucks. she bought a coffee. she handed it to the guy behind her, and the man behind her said thank
that are definitely hoping for a flurry of buyers that are hoping to get those post holiday buyers. >>> newtown, connecticut, police department, the entire force got the day off. cops from surrounding towns volunteered to cover their shift. newtown police have been working nonstop since 26 people, including 20 children, were killed over a week ago. >>> a coat just like t-- hat jut like the coach used to wear. what did he find? tickets to the sold out bcs championship game. >> we're going to the game, pop! we're going to the game! >> can't even believe it. pretty good christmas, i would think. it is now 7:16. back over to you, savannah, willie and maria. >> that's a live picture, actually. he's still -- >> that reaction doesn't surprise me at all. that's how big football is, especially alabama. >> tears of joy. >> that's great. >> cap and all. >> he was not that excited about the hat, we can reveal. but the tickets -- there you go. >> we're going to the game, pop! >> put it on a loop. >> how was your christmas? busy for the weather department. >> it was. it really was. widespread severe weather
with serious news from the election to superstorm sandy and of course the tragedy in newtown, connecticut. in our next half hour, we're going to look back at how we covered the news this year on the "today" show. 7:30 now on this friday morning. it's the 28th of december, 2012. i'm savannah guthrie alongside willie geist, who's in for matt. >> also this morning, something that will be hard for many families to swallow. the price of milk could more than double and very soon. as much as $8 a gallon. could be a real possibility. >>> then, would you hitch a ride with a perfect stranger? don't answer that, willie. new ride sharing apps are fast, cheap, and gaining popularity, but they come with some safety concerns. we'll tell you about this. >>> and millions of bats suddenly dying off in the united states. coming up, what is causing it and why it's so important to find a cure. >>> let's start this half hour with a law signed by russia's president overnight that bans adoptions by u.s. citizens. agonizing news for american couples looking to start or expand their families. nbc's michelle kosins
that contained deeply concerning feelings related to the newtown, connecticut. her mother says she had every right to express herself. >> i feel that it is actually a violation of her freedom of speech. >> reporter: a first amendment expert, an attorney, jonathan capp, agreed. >> if we can't talk about this whole incident, we are not going to understand what makes these people tick who load up their guns and kill a massive number of people. >> reporter: it is not over. the high school senior faces possible expulsion. her mother says she is praying for a positive outcome. >> i would like for my daughter to continue her education, to graduate on time and to be able to write and continue to write like she has been doing. >> reporter: as for courtney, she says she is using this experience to become a better writer. >> you have to have gone through things in your life to be able to express yourself in creative ways. i think this incident inspires me to speak my mind even more. >> reporter: she has even written a new poem titled judgment. >>> up next on "today," is he the next psy? why a man who i
-third of the voters turned out at the polls >>> newtown, connecticut, while still in mourning over the deadly school shooting is being flooded with gifts from across the country, from people expressing their grief. social workers say while they are so grateful for the donations, including about 60,000 teddy bears, it is much more than the town can handle. they are suggesting that people do charitable work or make a donation in the victim's name. >> more than $2.6 million have been attributed to the town's official memorial fund >>> file this under random acts of kindness. a group of about 100 people at denver international airport wanted to say thanks to our troops who protect our country. they went to the airport and passed out stockings, full of candy, gifts, held up signs, anything they could. the group comes together every december 22nd to say a much deserved thanks to our troop. >>> nothing says holiday party quite like an ice sculpture and watching lester dance but mainly the ice. in northern china, it was all ice as their annual ice festival. with temperatures at 18 below, sculptors are build
-time newtown residents. >> we lost 20 beautiful young children and six educators. it hurts to think we can't as a community come together with more he restrictive rules and regulations to prohibit the sale of these weapons. >> the management of nra is real not taking their responsibility for what they are doing. >> reporter: in the meantime the mother of 6-year-old noah pozner told nbc news how difficult his death has been on her family, especially on her youngest surviving child. >> she has lost her twin, and that's irreplaceable. you can't buy, beg, borrow, on or steal any of it. they were nine months side by side. now they won't be for the rest of their lives. >> reporter: noah's big sister, 19-year-old danielle, says she and her family are comforted by all the well wishes that poured into their homele town, evidence on the street near the school and piling up at the post office. >> i think it's great. it's some sort of -- it's some sort of comfort to know there's to many people there for us. it's sad that he'll never get it to live his life, but i'm happy that we got the six years that
were gunned down in newtown, connecticut, a national conversation began about how to keep it from happening again. arizona sheriff joe arpaio is done talking. >> i have decided to now send a posse out, an armed posse to the schools. >> reporter: starting next week, arpaio will deploy members of his all-volunteer armed posse to patrol the perimeter of his county schools. >> i qualify for taser. i qualify for baton. >> reporter: jerry johnson is a member of the posse. he dresses like a deputy, trains like a deputy, and has nearly the same authority as any other member of law enforcement in maricopa county. >> visual presence of a marked patrol car is one awareness and a deterrent for anyone that might think that they might want to go a schoolgrounds. >> reporter: in neighboring utah, teacher steven pratt applied for a concealed gun permit. >> this is called a pistol. >> reporter: during free firearm training for teachers and school personnel. >> i personally wept when i heard the news, wondering what i would do personally in a classroom. >> reporter: utah allows anyone with a concea
for the newtown bee, and she was one of the first people to get on site. she came right after the first 12 policemen arrived, and she took this picture through her windshield, and it's just an amazing picture. you can just imagine these kids. they have been practiced. they've done this. this is the protocol. you know, the congo line. they all put their hands on each other's shoulder. the one in the front has to keep his eyes open, and it's so heart breaking. >> so many do seem to be keeping their eyes closed, which the teachers said don't look, don't look. >> what about the next one? the tornado in texas? >> the tornado in texas, isn't this the most incredible? this was made, again, through a windshield by a photographer, and it was -- it became so iconic the next day it was one of the -- on 17 front page pictures -- front page papers. it's just amazing. >> wouldn't you get off the road real quick if you saw that coming from the windshield? >> the juxtaposition, you rarely get to see the sides of the car. it's on its way. this guy is not a full-time photographer. he is a jack of all trades
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